Louisiana State University Agricultural Center
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Funding Source: BP
Controlling Document: GOMRI Master Research Agreement
Year Awarded: 2011
Immediately after the BP oil spill, we have conducted studies supported by an NSF RAPID grant (July1, 2010 – June 30, 2011) on the abundance and genetic diversity of tabanid (horse fly) populations along coastal Louisiana that established baseline data for measuring the impact of the oil spill. We have shown that tabanid populations crashed in oil-impacted areas and we have developed microsatellites for population genetic studies to monitor impact and recovery (see below).